Back in October, winter started whispering to us. The nights became longer, and the days became cooler. We knew winter would arrive soon. In November, winter stopped whispering and started knocking. The north wind began rattling the doors and windows with her power. In the mornings, the frost was so thick that it looked like snow.
Then on December 1st, winter showed her real fury with a nasty snowstorm. The weather warmed for a few days afterwards and it looked like the snow would melt. The sun was only teasing us though, and the snow never completely disappeared. Piles of it lingered in the shadows by the tractor barn, just like last year.
On Christmas day, winter gave us a really big surprise with the largest single day snowfall in my part of the prairie in RECORDED HISTORY. It just built upon what was already here.
January brought a record ice storm to accompany our normal snow. The weather forecasters were calling for about 1/10 of an inch of ice, which really isn't much. I didn't believe them though, and got ready for something worse. Thank goodness I did, because we ended up with ONE INCH OF ICE covering everything. Tens of thousands of homes in our region were without electricity. Since we live out on a lonely section of the prairie, there was no rush to restore electrical services in our area. We actually were part of the last 1/2 of 1% of people to get their electricity restored. I knew the break to our house was bad too when I looked outside and there were 9 electrical trucks lined up working to restore our power. Yikes!
What can I say about February. The snow just seems to keep coming. Thankfully we didn't get the several feet of snow that was dumped on the east coast all at once. Instead we have gotten our snow strung out over several months of unending grayness.
Truth is, I actually like winter, but this just might be too much of a good thing, even for me. Oh, did I mention that there is snow in the forecast for this weekend?! May you be blessed with warm, sunny days wherever you are.